Thursday's weather: Cold with falls of hail and snow; weather warnings in effect

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Thursday's weather: Cold with falls of hail and snow; weather warnings in effect

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Today

Bright but cold and blustery today. Staying dry in the south and east for much of the day, but showers will occur across the north and west.

The showers will turn increasingly wintry with falls of hail and snow - especially in the north and a few will push further south this evening.

Northwest winds will increase strong and gusty. Highest temperatures 4 to 7 degrees.

Tonight

Wintry showers will be widespread overnight and frequent in the north with accumulations of snow over lower ground.

Northwest winds will stay strong and gusty.

A widespread sharp ground frost will form during clear spells with icy patches forming widely.

Lowest temperatures -2 to +2 degrees.

National Weather Warnings

A status yellow wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry.

An Atlantic storm will pass close to the north coast of Scotland on Thursday morning.

The UK Met Office have named it Storm Caroline.

Severe winds will affect parts of Scotland, but it will generate strong and blustery winds over Ireland also.

Northwest winds of 55 to 65 are expected to gust 100 to 110 km/h - strongest winds in coastal areas and over high ground.

There is also a yellow snow-ice warning for Ireland.

Scattered snow showers will occur later Thursday, Thursday night and into Friday.

Slight to moderate accumulations are possible with up to 3cm in parts.

Icy stretches too. North and northwest counties will be most at risk, as well as higher ground elsewhere.